AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3970X vs Ryzen 9 7950X

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AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3970X
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General info

Comparing Ryzen Threadripper 3970X and Ryzen 9 7950X processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture, sales start time and price.

Place in performance rating2425
Value for money9.0842.47
Market segmentDesktop processorDesktop processor
SeriesAMD Ryzen Threadripperno data
Architecture codenameMatisse (2019−2020)Raphael (Zen4)
Release date7 November 2019 (3 years ago)26 September 2022 (less than a year ago)
Launch price (MSRP)$1,999no data
Current price$3517 (1.8x MSRP)$903
Value for money

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Technical specs

Ryzen Threadripper 3970X and Ryzen 9 7950X basic parameters such as number of cores, number of threads, base frequency and turbo boost clock, lithography, cache size and multiplier lock state. These parameters indirectly say of CPU speed, though for more precise assessment you have to consider their test results.

Physical cores32 (Dotriaconta-Core)16 (Hexadeca-Core)
Threads6432
Base clock speed3.7 GHz4.5 GHz
Boost clock speed4.5 GHz5.7 GHz
Bus support8 × 16 GT/sno data
L1 cache2 MB64K (per core)
L2 cache16 MB1 MB (per core)
L3 cache128 MB64 MB (shared)
Chip lithography7 nm, 12 nm5 nm
Die sizeno data2x 70 (CCD) mm2 + 122 (I/O) mm2
Maximum core temperatureno data95 °C
Maximum case temperature (TCase)no data47 °C
Number of transistors23540 Million9900000 Million
64 bit support++
Windows 11 compatibility++
Unlocked multiplier++

Compatibility

Information on Ryzen Threadripper 3970X and Ryzen 9 7950X compatibility with other computer components: motherboard (look for socket type), power supply unit (look for power consumption) etc. Useful when planning a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. Note that power consumption of some processors can well exceed their nominal TDP, even without overclocking. Some can even double their declared thermals given that the motherboard allows to tune the CPU power parameters.

Number of CPUs in a configuration1 (Uniprocessor)1
SocketTR4AM5
Thermal design power (TDP)280 Watt170 Watt

Technologies and extensions

Technological solutions and additional instructions supported by Ryzen Threadripper 3970X and Ryzen 9 7950X. You'll probably need this information if you require some particular technology.

Instruction set extensionsno data5 nm (CCD), 6 nm (I/O) nm, 0.650 - 1.475V
AES-NI++
AVX++

Virtualization technologies

Virtual machine speed-up technologies supported by Ryzen Threadripper 3970X and Ryzen 9 7950X are enumerated here.

AMD-V++

Memory specs

Types, maximum amount and channel quantity of RAM supported by Ryzen Threadripper 3970X and Ryzen 9 7950X. Depending on the motherboards, higher memory frequencies may be supported.

Supported memory typesDDR4 Eight-channelDDR5-5200
Maximum memory size256 GBno data
Max memory channels4no data
Maximum memory bandwidth102.403 GB/sno data
ECC memory support+no data

Graphics specifications

General parameters of integrated GPUs, if any.

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Peripherals

Specifications and connection of peripherals supported by Ryzen Threadripper 3970X and Ryzen 9 7950X.

PCIe versionno data5.0

Benchmark performance

Various benchmark results of the processors in comparison. Overall score is measured in points in 0-100 range, higher is better.


Overall score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.

Ryzen Threadripper 3970X 63.04
+0.3%
Ryzen 9 7950X 62.87
  • Passmark
  • GeekBench 5 Single-Core
  • GeekBench 5 Multi-Core

Passmark CPU Mark is a widespread benchmark, consisting of 8 different types of workload, including integer and floating point math, extended instructions, compression, encryption and physics calculation. There is also one separate single-threaded scenario measuring single-core performance.

Benchmark coverage: 69%

Ryzen Threadripper 3970X 63554
+0.3%
Ryzen 9 7950X 63387

GeekBench 5 Single-Core is a cross-platform application developed in the form of CPU tests that independently recreate certain real-world tasks with which to accurately measure performance. This version uses only a single CPU core.

Benchmark coverage: 38%

Ryzen Threadripper 3970X 1256
Ryzen 9 7950X 2191
+74.4%

GeekBench 5 Multi-Core is a cross-platform application developed in the form of CPU tests that independently recreate certain real-world tasks with which to accurately measure performance. This version uses all available CPU cores.

Benchmark coverage: 38%

Ryzen Threadripper 3970X 22425
Ryzen 9 7950X 22921
+2.2%

Gaming performance

Advantages and disadvantages


Performance rating 63.04 62.87
Recency 7 November 2019 26 September 2022
Base clock speed 3700 4500
Chip lithography 7 nm 5 nm
Thermal design power (TDP) 280 Watt 170 Watt

Technical City couldn't decide between

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3970X
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3970X

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AMD Ryzen 9 7950X
AMD Ryzen 9 7950X

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Competitors of Ryzen Threadripper 3970X by Intel

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Ryzen Threadripper 3970X by Intel is Core i9-13900KF, which is slower by 6% and lower by 7 positions in our rating.

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Competitors of Ryzen 9 7950X by Intel

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Ryzen 9 7950X by Intel is Core i9-13900KF, which is slower by 6% and lower by 6 positions in our rating.

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